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Dubai Police to track Internet paedophiles.

Summary: DUBAI - The long arm of the law has extended online to target child abusers.

The Dubai Police are closely monitoring chat rooms and blogs to arrest paedophiles who exploit children. This was stated by Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander in Chief of the Dubai Police, on Tuesday. He was speaking during a forum on protecting children from IT crimes, held at the Dubai Police Academy. Authorities also plan to maintain records of convicted child offenders. Such criminals will be under surveillance in the country and even when they travel abroad. They will be asked to stay clear of schools by 200 kilometres. Khalfan said covert teams had been set up to keep a close eye on social networking sites, chat rooms and blogs that could be used by perverts to target children. An officer could pose as a child or a woman and criminals would be brought to book, he said.. Officials of the anti-electronic crimes section of the General Department of Criminal Investigation Department would be involved in the operations, he said. Khalfan said most crimes against children were not made public for fear of society. He said families in conservative countries did not inform authorities of such violations. Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazina, Deputy Commander in Chief of Dubai Police, said the police were chasing and setting traps for paedophiles after receiving relevant information. He pointed out that an offender was recently arrested in Dubai and was handed over to the Interpol. The media coordinator officer at the international force at the Ministry of Interior, Major Faisal Ali Al Shamri, said the higher committee for child protection at the Ministry of Interior, had launched a project for establishing records of those involved in sexual crimes, especially against children. It would contain names of the convicts, addresses and the charges against them and they would be put under surveillance even outside the country. Criminals, who would like to change their address, or personal information, should inform the Interior Ministry within 10 days. Records would be kept for 10 years from the date of conviction. Al Mazina told Khaleej Times the police were concerned about the negative impact of technology on children. He said: A"Parents should bear part of the responsibility for protecting their children from Internet crimes as criminals use e-games and chat rooms to lure them. Net usage by kids should be constantly monitored at home.''

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Oct 6, 2010
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